• Cruising,  Life as a Lawrence,  The Kids,  Traveler,  US Travel

    The Skagway Scene: Alaskan Cruise 2019

    Read about the rest of our Alaskan Adventure: Seattle and Embarkation, Day at Sea and Tracy Arm Fjord On Friday, we finally got to put our feet on solid, non-moving ground. I love cruises so much, but I’ve never been on one where there were two and a half days without getting off the boat. I didn’t realize until we hit the ground in Skagway that my body needed to be off the boat. Good thing, because Skagway was our excursion day! We were already awake as we floated into port, so we watched from our balcony. Again, with breakfast and coffee. Our excursion wasn’t to leave until later in…

  • Cruising,  Life as a Lawrence,  The Kids,  Traveler,  US Travel

    Floating Through the Day at Sea and Tracy Arm Fjord: Alaskan Cruise 2019

    Read about the rest of our Alaskan Adventure: Seattle and Embarkation. Post contains referral and/or affiliate links. Day At Sea The first full day on the Carnival Legend was our Day at Sea. Henry and Brianna were most concerned about what they would do on this day. “A whole day on the boat, what will we doooooo?” We started the morning ridiculously early. The water was really choppy due to a storm system in the area. Before bed, we each took a Dramamine and I had us all put a patch on for good measure. It was really good that we had all that, because we woke up in the…

  • Cruising,  Life as a Lawrence,  The Kids,  Traveler,  US Travel

    Taking on Seattle and the Carnival Legend: Alaskan Cruise 2019

    When we told the big kids (now 16/15) we were going to take a cruise to Alaska, they weren’t real happy with us. “But what about the beach!” “That sounds so boring!” “Cruises are for old people!” “What will we dooooooo?” And then we told them there were bears. And eagles. And maybe bears. That changed their mind and they were all in. We booked a 7 night cruise on the Carnival Legend, leaving mid-June so we would be in Alaska for Summer Solstice. I mean, if you’re going to a place where you get little to no darkness during the summer, go so you can be there on the…

  • Artsy Stuff,  Buy My Art,  Painter

    It’s Holiday Card Time!

    Are you in the market for Holiday Cards this year? This year, I’m offering 3.5 x 4.8″ cards (with envelopes). They are folding Strathmore watercolor cards and can have additional wording added to the inside, because unless noted, the inside is blank. Each card will be painted by hand with watercolor, to order, and arrive in a cellophane wrap for protection (or gift-giving if they’re not for you). Every one is one-of-a-kind! Don’t see something you like, but have an idea in your head? Let’s talk and maybe I can help you out. Contact me via messenger on Facebook or by email at janasthinkingplace@me.com. Below are the selections and the…

  • Artsy Stuff,  Buy My Art

    I’m Adding Art-o-mat Artist to My Resume

    Yep. I’ve got a new line item for my resume. Art-o-mat® Artist. A few months ago, I had two friends in the same week tell me about this cool art dispensing projects called Art-o-mat. I looked it up and fell in love. Y’all. They take old cigarette machines, refurbish them in all kinds of snazzy ways, and send them off to cool venues around the world. Over 400 artists submit unique and fresh art, which is then distributed to machines in art galleries, casinos, restaurants, museums, and other fabulous places like the Smithsonian! When you see an Art-o-mat machine, for $5 you can start your fresh art habit by choosing…

  • Artsy Stuff

    A Few of My Favorite Things

    I’ve had many people ask why type of supplies I use when painting. I’ve built up an array of goods, but these are some of my favorites. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you buy from any of the links, you won’t pay anything extra, but I might make a commission. Art Supplies Watercolor Paper Pads: Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad (9×12, 140 lb cold press) Strathmore Watercolor Cards with Envelopes: Announcement size, full size, or slim size. Watercolors: I love the Watercolor Confections Palettes from Prima Marketing/Art Philosophy. They’re my go-to because of their high quality and ease of carrying them around. Classics Complexion Vintage…

  • Life as a Lawrence,  My Family,  The Kids,  Writer

    Two Years!

    The last time I wrote about my life — REALLY chatted about what was going on with me personally — I had just gotten engaged and was getting married in a few short weeks. Well, that was two years ago. Slacker? Yes, I am. Life has been pretty fantastic. And there’s this thing that happens when you’re really enjoying life and snuggling on the sofa at night and wanting to spend every waking moment with someone. You want to live it. Not write about it. So here I am, two years later, finally writing about it. Not that I’m not still snuggling on the sofa at night and spending every…

  • Artsy Stuff,  Buy My Art,  Painter

    My Art. On Things.

    Alternate title: What the hell, my art is on things. I’ve been doing many Skillshare classes over the last few months. If you’re not familiar with Skillshare, it’s a site where you can watch classes on nearly anything. Art, technology, crafts, photography, business, leadership, productivity… shall I go on? I’ve been watching everything from how to paint leaves and cacti to how to digitize my work and use Photoshop. You can receive 2 months of Premium Skillshare by using this referral link. Along with classes, they offer Workshops. The best one I’ve watched so far, is the one called Make and Sell Watercolor Art: From Painting to Products by Cat…

  • Artsy Stuff,  Painter

    Project #3x3x365

    At the beginning of 2019, I decided to embark on a daily painting or sketching practice. Each page has 12 3×3 inch squares, and for the most part, has a theme. There are days when it just doesn’t work out — it’s called practice for a reason — and you’ll find some cries for help in there! Enjoy!

  • Cruising,  Lessons,  Life as a Lawrence,  The Kids,  US Travel

    The Summer of Life Skills

    Life with teenagers is a blast. It’s basically the gift that keeps on giving. This summer, Brian and I decided we were going to help the big kids (16 and 14) learn some life lessons. Skills, if you will, that they will need as they face college and adulthood in the next few years. I found a few lists to use as inspiration, but as usual, we ended up flying by the seat of our pants. They did learn a few things, though. Groceries Are Expensive. We told the kids they were in charge of cooking dinner for us one night a week. They were to plan a menu, research…